Pusarla Venkata Sindhu is an Indian Badminton Player. She is the only Indian woman to win two Olympic medals individually. Sindhu was awarded the Padma Shri, India’s fourth-highest civilian honor, in March 2015 for her contributions to sports. In 2018, she ranked eighth on Forbes’ list of “Highest-Paid Female Athletes” and topped Forbes India’s inaugural list of 22 Young Achievers.
P. V. Sindhu was born in Hyderabad on 5 July 1995 (age 27 as of 2022). Her astrological sign is Cancer.
She attended high school at Auxilium. She was academically gifted as a child and desired to become a doctor. Sindhu began playing badminton when she was only 8.5 years old. Initially, she played it for enjoyment, but she soon realized she wanted to pursue it professionally.
She enrolled at the Indian Railway Institute in Secunderabad to learn the fundamentals of the game from Mehboob Ali and then attended Pullela Gopichand’s badminton academy to further her abilities. Pullela Gopichand is Sindhu’s coach as at the present (2019). Notably, he is also the Indian Badminton team’s head coach. She subsequently enrolled at St. Ann’s College for Women to earn an MBA.
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The parents of P. V. Sindhu are P. V. Ramana and P. Vijaya. Both of her parents played volleyball in the past. P. V. Ramana’s father received the Arjuna Award in 2000 for his dedication to sports. Divyaram Pusarla, her older sister, was a national-level handball player and eventually became a doctor.
P. V. Sindhu completed her education at Hyderabad, her birthplace. She attended Auxilium High School for her elementary and secondary education. She later attended St. Ann’s College and earned her degree there.
Sindhu made her international Badminton debut in 2009 and won the bronze medal at the Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championships in Colombo. Next, she participated in the 2010 Iran Fajr International Badminton Challenge, where she won silver in the singles division. In 2011, she won the singles event at the Douglas Commonwealth Youth Games with a gold medal.
It was a pivotal moment in her life. Nonetheless, her best achievement occurred in 2012, when she defeated Chinese Olympic gold medalist Li Xuerui in the Li Ning China Masters Super Series. In 2013, Sindhu was the first Indian woman to win a medal in the singles competition at the Badminton World Championship. She subsequently defeated the Japanese Nozomi Okuhara in the 2016 Summer Olympics semifinals and advanced to the finals.
She, therefore, became the first Indian shuttler to reach the 2016 Summer Olympics final. She even became the youngest Indian to place on the Olympic podium in an individual event. Sidhu was defeated by Carolina Marin in the 83-minute final set, resulting in the Summer Olympics silver medal. She won the 2018 World Tour championship by defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in the 2018 World Tour final.
She became the first Indian woman to win two individual Olympic medals on 1 August 2021, when she defeated He Bing Jiao of China 21-13, 21-15 to claim the bronze medal at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics. In July 2022, she won the Singapore Open by defeating China’s Zhi Yi Wang.
- Bronze at the Sub-Junior Asian Badminton Championship in Colombo (2009)
- Silver in singles competition at the Iran Fajr International Badminton Tournament (2010)
- Champion of the Asia Under-19 Youth Championship (2012)
- 2013 Malaysian open performance earned her first Grand Prix Gold championship.
- Award for Badminton Excellence (2013)
- World Championship Bronze Medal (2013 & 2014)
- Gold Medal in the South Asian Games in Guwahati (2016)
- Olympic Silver Medal at Rio (2016)
- Asian Games Silver Medalist in Women’s Singles Tennis (2018)
- First-place ranking on Forbes India’s first list of 22 Young Achievers (2018)
- First Indian to win the BWF World Tour Finals (2018)
- Padma Shri Award (2015)
- Rajiv Gandhi Khel Ratna Award (2016)
- In August of 2019, she became the first Indian to win a gold medal at the Badminton World Championships by defeating Nozomi Okuhara of Japan in a decisive final held in Basel, Switzerland.
- Bronze medal at the Tokyo Olympics in 2020
- She earned the Padma Bhushan award (2020) at Rashtrapati Bhavan on November 8, 2021. She was presented with the prize by President Ram Nath Kovind.
- She won gold in Women’s singles and silver in the Mixed team at the 2022 Commonwealth Games in Birmingham, England.
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- P. V. Sindhu enjoys yoga and viewing movies during her free time.
- She considers Sachin Tendulkar to be her inspiration. However, Pullela Gopichand, her coach, is her inspiration.
- Sindhu is an extremely dedicated athlete. She adheres to a rigorous training routine, beginning her daily Badminton practice at precisely 4:15 a.m.
- NDTV named her the 2014 Indian of the Year in 2014.
- The government of Andhra Pradesh nominated Sindhu as Deputy Collector after she won a silver medal at the 2016 Rio Olympics.
- The Badminton player is right-handed.
- Sindhu has appeared on the covers of numerous magazines, including as GRAZIA, JFW, and ELLE.
- Sindhu’s sister and her sister’s friends used to play badminton when she was a toddler. She would ask to play, but they would always refuse and say, “No, you go, you are a small child!”
- After winning the silver medal in Badminton singles at the Rio Olympics, Sindhu’s caste was a popular Google search term.
- She is quite enthusiastic about dogs.
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